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    How to REALLY reduce your carbon footprint

    Global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The fertility for Food production has always depended on the carbon cycle. Artificial fertilizers have by-passed this dependence, their production is energy intensive. The fossil carbon footprint of meat is system dependent. This is...
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    Wild Turbines.

    With roughly 2/3rds of their reserves dependent on grazing animals I don’t think the RSPB would entirely be in agreement: ‘However – this doesn't mean stopping eating meat altogether! Cattle grazing is extremely important for maintaining many areas of wildlife rich habitat but it's often very...
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    A survey reported in Countryfile tonight shows that the badger cull is working

    Until the early 90s we had tb under control: http://www.vet-wildlifemanagement.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=28 Despite Prof Boyd’s observation that ‘cattle movement controls to prevent the spread of bTB are working, as otherwise we would probably a lot more...
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    A survey reported in Countryfile tonight shows that the badger cull is working

    When one considers that reactor cattle are culled, not because they have tb, but because they have been exposed to it, in hot spot areas they are tested at six monthly intervals, and herds under tb restrictions cannot sell animals to other farmers. All farmers must test cattle that are to be...
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    A survey reported in Countryfile tonight shows that the badger cull is working

    You might find this paper of interest , it describes the pathology of tb in both badgers and cattle, http://www.bovinetb.info/docs/johngallt_b_review9-04.pdf It explains why badgers with tb are so effective at spreading tb, and in contrast how difficult it is for cattle to spread it. The...
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    Lamprey spotting

    Saw first brook lamprey of the year yesterday, (east Devon, river axe)
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    Toad numbers down 2/3 in Europe

    Here is the latest estimate of badger population in England and Wales: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-00378-3 Combining our estimates of badger social group sizes with the estimated number of social groups from the recent sett survey of England and Wales9 yielded an estimate of the...
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    Toad numbers down 2/3 in Europe

    http://www.cof.orst.edu/leopold/papers/mesopredators.pdf ‘Apex predators have experienced catastrophic declines throughout the world as a result of human persecution and habitat loss. These collapses in top predator populations are commonly associated with dramatic increases in the abundance of...
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    Toad numbers down 2/3 in Europe

    Your observation regarding hedgehogs may be extremely relevant to the decline of toads. ‘Badger’ by Timothy Roper (New Naturalist 2010): 'Badgers are significant predators of both adult and young western hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus). When Patrick Doncaster, then a graduate student at Oxford...
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    Lamprey spotting

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    Is RSPB our premier bird conservation organization any longer

    The BTO believe that a ban of driven grouse would not necessarily improve the lot of Hen Harriers: http://www.bto.org/national-offices/scotland/our-work/selected-highlights/hen-harrier Stopping management for grouse has been suggested as a means of improving the fortunes of Hen Harriers...
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    Strange thing happened

    I have never seen a kestrel do this, but it is common behaviour in sparrow hawks (but not the constant landing on the road!).
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    Help with id please

    Thank you for your prompt id. I have to say it had not occurred to me that it is a hoverfly, because of it's size. I have never seen one of these before, despite being a compulsive buddleia watcher! What a fantastic insect!
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    Help with id please

    When I first saw this I thought it might be a hornet moth, after a little research, I am sure it is not, it is about an inch long, and too fat for a hornet. it is a nectar feeder.
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    Injured Mallard! What to do?

    That's overdoing it a bit don't you think?